Three months after researchers started moving in, academia, industry, architects, and the press gathered to celebrate the official opening of the Media Lab extension (building E14). The Fumihiko Maki-designed extension to the Wiesner Building on Ames Street houses the Media Lab, the Program in Art, Culture, and Technology, and individual offices from the School of Architecture and Planning.
Unnoticed to thousands of students, faculty, and tourists passing through Lobby 7 every day, MIT’s iconic William Bosworth-designed entrance has sat unfinished since its construction in 1939. Now, the Class of 1954 is preparing a student design contest to fill the four bare pedestals in the corners of the lobby.
MIT’s newest building, a luminous laboratory made of glass and steel, will finally open its doors to occupants on November 30.
At 6:56 a.m., long before most undergrads stumble out of bed, an electrician from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) stepped off the bus at 77 Mass Ave. He joined the group of workmen waiting on the stairs of Lobby 7, all of whom shared his same shift. At 7 a.m. sharp, his workday began — not that you’d be able to tell.